Much of what is known about the health effects of cannabis legalization in Canada is based on outdated and often irrelevant data.
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The government’s advice to cannabis users is to start low and go slow. Given the potential harms of a rapidly expanding retail market, it should heed its own advice and move slowly on regulatory changes.
People line up to purchase legal cannabis in Calgary, Alta., on Oct. 17, 2018.
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More licensed store openings led to larger legal sales growth but little extra increase in Canadian cannabis user numbers.
Marijuana use among college students during the pandemic reached record highs, data show.
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In their quest to feel high and relax, college students who use marijuana may be setting themselves back, research consistently shows.
Although a recent review found a lack of evidence to support these products, this doesn’t mean cannabis can’t help some people with sleep. We need better research.
A woman marks the first day of legalization of cannabis across Canada as she lights a joint in a Toronto park in October 2018.
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As many as 33 American states and several European countries are looking to legalize recreational cannabis. Canada’s experience has lessons for them about how best to sell cannabis.
The Drug and Substance Checking Bill currently moving through parliament marks another milestone in New Zealand’s shift away from criminalisation and towards harm reduction.
As recreational cannabis use increases, so has the number of calls regarding dogs who have accidentally consumed cannabis products.
Accidental ingestion of drugs can have detrimental effects on dogs’ health. Education and awareness can help protect pets from consuming opioids and cannabis products.
In this November 2019 photo, patrons smoke marijuana at a state-licensed but federally illegal marijuana establishment in Los Angeles.
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U.S. Congress might not pursue full cannabis legalization this year. But it should still provide Americans with some of Canada’s legal clarity.
Decriminalisation of illicit drugs is the natural conclusion to decades of research on drug-related harms.
During the pandemic Americans turned to CBD, which purports to have calming effects.
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Hemp, CBD and marijuana are all forms of cannabis – but they are different in significant ways, from form and legality to their potential uses as treatment for various health conditions.
Mexico’s militarized war on drugs – and, often, drug users – has killed at least 150,000 people over the past 15 years.
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Mexico would not fully legalize cannabis; its new regulation plan makes recreational use legal. However modest, that would be a symbolic milestone for a country immersed in a long, deadly drug war.
Home cultivation of cannabis is increasing in many countries during the pandemic.
Growing cannabis indoors is an energy-intensive process.
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Growing weed indoors is not an environmentally friendly process. Climate controls create a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, and where the pot is produced has a huge influence on emission levels.
People gather in Trinity Bellwoods park for a weed bubble blowing event in Toronto on Oct. 17, 2018, the day cannabis became legal in Canada.
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If the goal of cannabis legalization was to protect public health and safety, education and awareness campaigns must normalize safe cannabis use, not stop cannabis consumption.
The use of cannabis, though safer than many other drugs, is not entirely without risk.
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Weed, though far less dangerous than many other drugs, is not entirely without risk. Some 59% of people treating pain with medical cannabis experience moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms
An Amsterdam storefront shows the type of creative and colourful cannabis packaging seen in other jurisdictions.
Health Canada should revise its cannabis regulations to let producers differentiate themselves from competitors and explain their products to consumers.
Activists wave flags in front of the U.S. Capitol to demand that Congress pass cannabis reform legislation on Oct. 8, 2019.
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A cannabis decriminalization bill approved by the House is a sign from Congress that sentiment around the drug is evolving, but it misses a chance to regulate marijuana for the good of all Americans.
Out of the 400 plus chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, CBD and THC are only the most well-known, and researched, cannabinoids.
A T-shirt worn by a cannabis advocate during a court hearing on the legality of the plant in South Africa.
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Policy makers need to protect and promote the interests of people whose indigenous knowledge and toil developed a thriving national cannabis economy - in the face of harsh police crackdowns.
Hundreds of CBD products – including gummies – are now on the market.
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The jury’s still out on whether or not CBD relieves stress and anxiety.